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Robotic Surgery May Improve Outcomes in Mouth and Throat Cancer

Robotic surgery for patients with early stage, oropharyngeal squamous cell cancer is associated with improved health outcomes, including better long-term survival, according to a Cedars-Sinai study published Thursday in JAMA Oncology. Oropharyngeal c...

– Cedars-Sinai

JAMA Oncology

Embargo expired on 20-Aug-2020 at 11:00 ET

Portrait of a Virus

• Researchers create a centralized electronic medical records tool to gather, monitor, analyze clinical trends in COVID-19 across multiple countries • Proof-of-concept platform overcomes key hurdles of decentralized EMR systems • Platform und...

– Harvard Medical School

Nature Digital Medicine

Embargo expired on 19-Aug-2020 at 05:05 ET

Clinical Utility of Hana® Orthopedic Table Highlighted in New Study: 97% of Direct Anterior Approach Hip Replacement Patients Needed Little to No Opioid Pain Medication After Surgery

Mizuho OSI®, a leading manufacturer of specialty surgical tables and pressure injury abatement solutions would like to announce the publication of a new clinical study titled “23-hour Total Hip Replacement Requiring Only 3.5 Opioid Pills Through...

– Mizuho OSI

Journal of Orthopedic Experience & Innovation

VIDEO AND TRANSCRIPT AVAILABLE: Schools Reopen Vs. Remote: Expert Panel for August 20, 2020

Schools Reopen Vs. Remote: Expert Panel for August 20, 2020, 2PM EDT

– Newswise

Novel COVID-19 Breathalyzer Has Potential as Screening Tool

A team led by Professor Hossam Haick and Dr. Yoav Broza of the Technion Faculty of Chemical Engineering and Russell Berrie Nanotechnology Institute, in collaboration with researchers from Wuhan, China, has devised a novel breath analyzer test to rapi...

– American Technion Society

ACS Nano - Aug 2020

Argonne scientists use artificial intelligence in new way to strengthen power grid resiliency

A new artificial neural network model, created by Argonne scientists, handles both static and dynamic features of a power system with a relatively high degree of accuracy.

– Argonne National Laboratory

IEEE Transactions on Power Systems, Aug-2020

New insights into lung tissue in COVID-19 disease

Physicists at the University of Göttingen, together with pathologists and lung specialists at the Medical University of Hannover, have developed a three-dimensional imaging technique that enables high resolution and three-dimensional representation ...

– University of Göttingen


Declining U.S. Plant Breeding Programs Impacts Food Security

Decreasing access to funding, technology, and knowledge in U.S. plant breeding programs could negatively impact our future food security.

– American Society of Agronomy (ASA), Crop Science Society of America (CSSA), Soil Science Society of America (SSSA)

Crop Science

Aerogel – the micro structural material of the future

Aerogel is an excellent thermal insulator. So far, however, it has mainly been used on a large scale, for example in environmental technology, in physical experiments or in industrial catalysis. Empa researchers have now succeeded in making aerogels ...

– Empa, Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology

Nature, Aug-2020; Empa media release

Researchers create nanoclusters that mimic biomolecules

Biological systems come in all shapes, sizes and structures. Some of these structures, such as those found in DNA, RNA and proteins, are formed through complex molecular interactions that are not easily duplicated by inorganic materials.

– Cornell University

Journal of the American Chemical Society

Graphene sensors find subtleties in magnetic fields

Cornell researchers used an ultrathin graphene “sandwich” to create a tiny magnetic field sensor that can operate over a greater temperature range than previous sensors, while also detecting miniscule changes in magnetic fields that might otherwi...

– Cornell University

Nature Communications

Dynamic kirigami shoe grip designed to reduce risks of slips and falls

Losing your balance and falling does not just happen during icy Boston winters.

– Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Nature Biomedical Engineering

New research showcases Italian town as blueprint for 'anchor entrepreneurship' framework

New research from The Business School (formerly Cass) has shed light on how Mirandola, a small town in the North East of Italy, became a major hub for the production of medical devices and sets a roadmap for the origins of industrialisation in small,...

– City University London

Research Policy

2D Electronics Get an Atomic Tuneup

Scientists at Berkeley Lab have demonstrated a new technique that could improve the performance of atomically thin semiconductors for next-generation electronics such as optoelectronics, thermoelectrics, and sensors.

– Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Physical Review Letters, March-05-2020

Technion Researchers Discover Hidden Fluid Instability

In a discovery with far-reaching implications for intubation ventilators, lab-on-a-chip micromixers, and micro air vehicles, Technion researchers were able to visualize the stationary tornadoes caused by the Coandă effect.

– American Technion Society

Physics of Fluids, Aug-2020

Foiling illicit cryptocurrency mining with artificial intelligence

Los Alamos National Laboratory computer scientists have developed a new artificial intelligence (AI) system that may be able to identify malicious codes that hijack supercomputers to mine for cryptocurrency such as Bitcoin and Monero.

– Los Alamos National Laboratory

IEEE Access

Toward an Ultrahigh Energy Density Capacitor

Researchers at Berkeley Lab and UC Berkeley have demonstrated that a common material can be processed into a top-performing energy storage material. Their discovery could improve the efficiency, reliability, and robustness of personal electronics, we...

– Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Science, July-3-2020

Digital contact tracing alone may not be miracle answer for COVID-19

In infectious disease outbreaks, digital contact tracing alone could reduce the number of cases, but not as much as manual contract tracing, new University of Otago-led research published in the Cochrane Library reveals.

– University of Otago

Cochrane Library

Alternative cooling strategies could mitigate COVID-19 and climate change

When most people think of cooling, they automatically imagine air conditioning (AC), or cooling the air in a room. But, there is a much more efficient way to cool people, using your body's radiation.

– Princeton University School of Engineering and Applied Science

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

Argonne scientists create water filtration membranes that can clean themselves

Scientists at the Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory have designed a new, low-cost means to address membrane fouling through the application of a light-activated coating that can make the membrane self-cleaning.

– Argonne National Laboratory

Advanced Functional Materials, June-2020

UCI develops low-cost, accurate COVID-19 antibody detection platform

Irvine, Calif., Aug. 19, 2020 — A robust, low-cost imaging platform utilizing lab-on-a-chip technology created by University of California, Irvine scientists may be available for rapid coronavirus diagnostic and antibody testing throughout the na...

– University of California, Irvine

Lab on a Chip, Aug-2020

Smartphones Are Lowering Student’s Grades, Study Finds

The ease of finding information on the internet is hurting students’ long-term retention and resulting in lower grades on exams, according to a Rutgers University–New Brunswick study.

– Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Educational Psychology

Low-Cost Home Air Quality Monitors Prove Useful for Wildfire Smoke

Published recently in the journal Sensors, a new study by Berkeley Lab air quality scientists tested four models of low-cost air quality monitors during actual wildfire pollution events and found that their readings of PM2.5 – or particulate matter...

– Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory


Study Debunks Robocall Myths, Lays Groundwork For Stopping Them

New research finds that the number of robocalls isn’t going up, and that answering a robocall doesn’t make you more likely to get additional robocalls. However, stories you’ve heard about individuals getting hundreds of back-to-back unsolicited...

– North Carolina State University


Machine learning unearths signature of slow-slip quake origins in seismic data

Combing through historical seismic data, researchers using a machine learning model have unearthed distinct statistical features marking the formative stage of slow-slip ruptures in the earth’s crust months before tremor or GPS data detected a slip...

– Los Alamos National Laboratory

Nature Communications

Future mental health care may include diagnosis via brain scan and computer algorithm

Most of modern medicine has physical tests or objective techniques to define much of what ails us.

– University of Tokyo

Translational Psychiatry

The impacts of gentrification on transportation and social support

The historically Black district of Albina in Portland, Oregon, due to racist real estate practices, faced multiple displacement events between 1960 and 1990 with the construction of Interstate 5 through the heart of the neighborhood as well as wholes...

– Portland State University

National Institute for Transportation and Communities

NUS researchers develop smart gaming glove that puts control in your hands

A team of researchers from the National University of Singapore led by Professor Lim Chwee Teck has invented a smart gaming glove that allows users to mimic a variety of in-game controls using simple hand gestures. The glove can also be used for han...

– National University of Singapore

Features and Experts

Enabling Remote Whole-Body Control with 5G Edge Computing

– New York University

IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems

New tool improves fairness of online search rankings

In a new paper, Cornell University researchers introduce a tool they’ve developed to improve the fairness of online rankings without sacrificing their usefulness or relevance.

– Cornell University

Controlling Fairness and Bias in Dynamic Learning-to-Rank

The historical partnership that revolutionized battery research at Argonne

Argonne battery scientist Michael Thackeray highlights the ongoing research into manganese-based lithium-ion batteries, and how his work with Nobel Prize winner John B. Goodenough in the 80s has informed today’s studies.

– Argonne National Laboratory

Advanced Energy Materials, May-2020

U wildfire researchers fine-tune forest fire computer models

– University of Utah


C3-Cloud: the digital coordinated care platform of the future

The C3-Cloud could be the future for supporting coordinated care across GPs, hospitals and specialties

– University of Warwick

C3-Cloud Website; C3-Cloud @European Innovation Radar

Virtual house calls: Telemedicine brings the doctor to you

About a month into the COVID-19 quarantine, Kelley and Thomas McCord and their one-year-old son, Thomas, had their first telemedicine visit with John E. Herzenberg, M.D., FRCSC, FAAOS, director of pediatric orthopedics at Sinai Hospital of Baltimore....

– LifeBridge Health

A new X-ray detector snaps 1,000 atomic-level pictures per second of nature's ultrafast processes

A new generation of X-ray detectors developed at the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, called ePix10k, can take up to 1,000 of these snapshots per second – almost 10 times more than previous generations – to make more...

– SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

LLNL pairs world’s largest computer chip from Cerebras with “Lassen” supercomputer to accelerate AI research

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) and artificial intelligence computer company Cerebras Systems have integrated the world’s largest computer chip into the National Nuclear Security Administration’s (NNSA’s) Lassen system, upgrading ...

– Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Controlling Light to Accelerate Electrons in Just Meters

A new paradigm in particle accelerator design paves the way to dramatically smaller accelerators. The novel “dephasingless laser wakefield accelerator” concept uses a new technology called "flying focus." That combines special optics to shape an ...

– Department of Energy, Office of Science

CFES Educators Share Blueprint for Building Exemplary Virtual Learning Schools

On the cutting edge of education technology, Beekmantown (NY) Superintendent Dan Mannix built a successful virtual learning model, capable of drawing near perfect attendance, that he talked about during a CFES Brilliant Pathways live webinar.

– CFES Brilliant Pathways

Safe busing during COVID-19: The science behind U-M's changes

In an effort to design a safe campus bus system for the fall semester in light of COVID-19, University of Michigan researchers simulated how aerosol particles exhaled from passengers sitting in any seat would travel through the vehicle under differen...

– University of Michigan

Recursion and University of Utah launch region’s largest life science incubator

Altitude Lab announced its first resident companies and opened applications for its breakthrough collaborative facility and program. It’s the first of its kind—a blended incubator/accelerator program focused on developing diverse and inclusive ea...

– University of Utah

DHS S&T Seeks COVID-19 Temperature Screening Tech for Market Survey

DHS S&T released a request for information to identify potential vendors, manufacturers and distributors with technologies for non-invasive febrile temperature screening to meet the needs of first responders and protective services as they respond to...

– Homeland Security's Science And Technology Directorate

Announcements and Events

University of Kentucky, ORNL $10 Million Research Partnership to Turn Coal Into High-value Carbon Fiber

Coal-to-carbon fiber research shows great promise to positively impact the nation’s sluggish coal industry.

– University of Kentucky

S&T-Funded App Allows Emergency Responders to Communicate Seamlessly on the Front Lines

Bridge 4 Public Safety is a free app to that allows for interoperable, secure collaboration and communication during response efforts.

– Homeland Security's Science And Technology Directorate

DOE-funded UAH directed plasma research may advance pulsed fusion propulsion systems

A professor at The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) has been awarded a one-year, $98,930 grant by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) for plasma research that could advance pulsed fusion propulsion for spacecraft.

– University of Alabama Huntsville

New Mexicans invited to virtual job fair August 26, 2020

Los Alamos and Sandia national laboratories and six other U.S. Department of Energy institutions are hiring in a variety of areas via a virtual job fair Wednesday, August 26, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. (MDT) to help fill more than 600 open positions. Of t...

– Los Alamos National Laboratory

2021 Hertz Fellowship Application Now Open

The Fannie and John Hertz Foundation today announced that it is accepting applications for the 2021 Hertz Fellowship awards. The Hertz Fellowship provides financial and lifelong professional support for graduate students in the applied physical and b...

– The Fannie and John Hertz Foundation

Media Advisory: MITRE and The Harris Poll to Present Findings of Lifestyle Data Privacy Survey on Thursday, August 27, 1:00 p.m. ET

MITRE and The Harris Poll will present findings from a new nationwide survey exploring the public’s perception of how industry, including health insurance companies and employers, may collect and use data generated by an individual’s purchasing, ...


OU Alumnus Charles Jones Makes $2.4 Million Gift to Support School of Industrial and Systems Engineering and Data Science and Analytics Institute

Charles Jones, a 1969 graduate of the University of Oklahoma School of Industrial Engineering, has made a $2.4 million gift to establish the Charles R. Jones Endowed Chair in Data Science and Analytics.

– University of Oklahoma, Gallogly College of Engineering

Egemen Kolemen wins 2020 Excellence in Fusion Engineering Award

Egemen Kolemen, Princeton University assistant professor and PPPL physicist, wins prestigious Fusion Power Associates award.

– Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory

Environmentally friendly audio systems for Electric Vehicles to be made by Warwick Acoustics and University of Warwick

Warwick Acoustics Ltd, a spin-out company from the University of Warwick’s School of Engineering, is a manufacturer of next generation audio systems for the automotive sector and personal use, and thanks to a grant from Innovate UK, will support de...

– University of Warwick

Shaping the Future of Food

The Donald Danforth Plant Science Center announced the lineup of TableTalks, a series of conversations shaping the future of food that will follow each AgTech NEXT conference session on Tuesdays, September 22 – November 10 from 1:30 – 2:15 PM. ...

– Donald Danforth Plant Science Center





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